Our Youth Services division is dedicated to providing programs and services that help youth, ages 14 - 21, reach their education and employment goals. By working in partnership with employers, school districts and communities, the Youth Services division engages in activities that focus on academic achievement, employability skills and life skills. The following links highlight programs and services offered by Youth Services.
- Programs for Youth
- Young Adults Ages 18-21
- Summer Youth Employment Program
- Youth Symposium
- Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Out of school and out of work? Need a GED? Need support to stay in school? Each year our agency supports several programs in the community that provide employment and training services to targeted low-income, in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 16-21. Specific eligibility requirements and services vary for each program. To get further information on current programs select the a link below:
Our Workforce Development Centers are available for young adults to look for a job, choose or change a career or develop new skills. Whether you need information, career consultation, training, computer access or other services, our professional and knowledgeable staff will work with you to help you achieve your goals and succeed in today's ever changing job market. Our center locations are as follows:
Workforce Development Center at Eastpoint
7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Workforce Development Center at Hunt Valley
11101 McCormick Road, Suite 102
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
Workforce Development Center at the Liberty Center
3637 Offutt Road
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
When funds are available, our Youth Services division sponsors a summer employment program for eligible youth ages 14-21. This six-week program provides the opportunity for youth to work 30 hours per week and earn $8 per hour. The goal of the program is to connect youth with public and private sector employers so they can gain an appreciation of the labor market, gain insights into their own strengths as employable citizens, and learn marketable skills. The selection of participants is based on the eligibility criteria set by the funding source, which may vary each year. If funds become available for the upcoming summer, this Web site will be updated with a link that will provide further details.
Benefits to Employers
Employers will lay the foundation for a productive future workforce by developing work activities that promote marketable skills. They will have the opportunity to interview and select youth who represent the best fit for their organization and in return, our agency will provide participant wages, liability coverage and ongoing staff support. In addition, all employment forms (work permit, I-9 and tax) will be completed by our staff. The upcoming Summer Youth Employment Program application is currently not available, if funds become available a link will be added to this section of the Web site to download the Employer Application.
Benefits to Youth
Youth will gain exposure to the workplace, while enhancing academic abilities and learning marketable skills. They will learn the value of earning a paycheck by working 30 hours per week and earning $8 per hour. In preparation for employment, youth attend a Job Readiness Training session conducted by The Community College of Baltimore County. Training sessions will emphasize interview techniques, work ethics and job retention. Upon completion, youth will be referred to employers for a job interview and the results will determine their participation in the program. Job placements will include public and private sector businesses, as well as community and non-profit organizations. The upcoming Summer Youth Employment Program application is currently not available, if funds become available a link will be added to this section of the Web site to download the Youth Application.
The Baltimore County Youth Council sponsors an annual Youth Symposium in an effort to support the local network of youth service providers and to ensure that youth in Baltimore County have access to quality programs and services. This event provides frontline staff an opportunity to learn from national, state and local leaders about successful strategies for meeting the evolving needs of at-risk youth. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to share ideas, network, learn about available resources and forge new partnerships.
In our continuing effort to provide quality programs and services for Baltimore County youth, we are planning a spring symposium. Once plans for the upcoming Youth Symposium have been finalized, details will be made available here.
Connections is a Baltimore County Public Library web-based directory, which provides resources regarding childcare, pregnancy, jobs, legal rights and other areas of concern to youth and families. Access Connections at http://www.bcplonline.org/community/connections.
To find out more about the services provided through Youth Services, contact Barbara Woods, Youth Services Manager at 410-887-4004 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised October 7, 2013